CRISP COUNTY 2-5, 1-1
Contending: Sub-region A -- Cairo (6-1, 2-0), Thomas County Central (5-2, 2-1), Crisp County, Monroe (4-3, 1-1); Sub-region B -- Worth County (4-3, 3-0), Bainbridge (5-3, 2-1), Westover (3-4, 1-1), Americus-Sumter (2-5, 0-2), Dougherty (2-4, 0-2),
Scouting report: The Cougars are tied with Monroe for third in Division B and have the Tornadoes and Thomas County Central left, a tough road. Monroe also has Cairo, so odds are the Monroe-Crisp County game on Oct. 31 will be for third place and the chance to move on.
Format: Sub-region winners play a championship game, Second place hosts third place for the final two playoff spots. Fourth and fifth place also will play a final game.
In the first round: This region is paired with Region 2-AAAA. Contenders: Houston County, Northside, Jones County, Lakeside-Evans, Warner Robins and Evans.
DODGE COUNTY 7-0, 4-0
TOOMBS COUNTY 2-5, 0-4
Contending: Cook (6-2, 5-0), Dodge County, Appling County (4-3, 3-2), Pierce County (6-1, 3-1), Brantley County (3-4, 1-3).
Spoilers: Tattnall County, Toombs County.
Format: Each subregion’s No. 1 plays No. 4 while the 2s play the 3s.
Scouting report: Dodge County and Cook are atop the stronger sub-region and will be big favorites regardless of the crossover playoff opponent, since Jenkins is the only team on the other side with a winning overall record.
So the next two weeks are about region seeding, and Dodge County has a tough one next week against Pierce County, clearly a playoff-caliber team.
Brantley County is alive mathematically for the fourth spot, but barely.
On the other side, the projected third- and fourth-place teams are Beach (3-5, 2-3) and Johnson-Savannah (1-5, 1-1) behind Jenkins (5-2) and Southeast Bulloch (3-5), who are both 3-0 in region play.
It wouldn’t be a shock if all four teams from Division A won the region playoff games.
In the first round: This region is paired with Region 2-AAA. Contenders: Peach County, Jackson, Rutland, Central and Southwest.
WASHINGTON COUNTY 7-0, 3-0
Contending: Butler (2-4, 2-2), Hephzibah (5-2, 2-1), Lane (4-3, 2-1), Westside-Augusta (3-3-1, 2-1).
Spoilers: Glenn Hills, Josey.
Scouting report: There might be less suspense in this region than any in the state.
Washington County, the top team in Class A -- and a consensus top-10 team in the state in any class, has one test (Hephzibah 5-2, 2-1) left, and it would just be statewide news for the Golden Hawks to lose a region game.
At this point, it’s news if Washington County hasn’t established a running-clock lead (30 points) early in the second quarter.
In the first round: This region is paired with Region 4-AAA, a sub-divided region. Top 6: Blessed Trinity (3-0, 7-0), Washington-Atlanta (3-0, 4-3) and Westminster-Atlanta (2-1, 6-1); Cedar Grove (3-0, 6-1), Maynard Jackson (2-1, 4-3) and North Clayton (2-1, 2-5).
FITZGERALD 6-1, 2-1
Contending: Thomasville (5-3, 4-0) Brooks County (5-3, 3-1), Fitzgerald, Early County (3-4-1, 2-2), Berrien (3-4, 1-2).
Spoilers: Pelham, Seminole County.
Scouting report: Fitzgerald needs to win out and get help from Brooks County and Early County (to both beat Thomasville) to get the top seed. Should that happen and Early County beats Brooks County, then the Purple Hurricane get a region title outright.
Conventional wisdom indicates the Purple Hurricane will win out (Pelham and Berrien at home, at Seminole County, combined 9-12 this season) and are highly likely to get the second seed.
In the first round: This region is paired with Region 2-AA.
VIDALIA 7-0, 4-0
JEFF DAVIS 4-3, 2-2
Contending: Vidalia, Bacon County (4-3, 3-1), Benedictine (5-2, 3-1), Bryan County (3-4, 2-2), Groves (3-4, 2-2), Jeff Davis.
Spoilers: Long County, McIntosh County Academy.
Scouting report: Everybody has played the same number of games, so it’s easy to say that mathematically, nobody’s actually out of it.
Realistically, it’s another story.
Vidalia has been dominant, especially on defense, but IT can’t let up with games left against hungry teams (Bacon County, Jeff Davis and Bryan County) battling to make it. Having two of those at home makes an outright region title a safe bet, especially if the Indians win this week.
Jeff Davis followed a four-game winning streak with two straight losses and could almost be knocked out with a loss this week against Bryan County. Jeff Davis has a tougher schedule, so the Yellow Jackets are in more of a must-win mode this week than the Redskins.
In the first round: This region is paired with Region 1-AA.
DUBLIN 5-3, 3-1
EAST LAURENS 2-4-1, 0-3
Contending: Screven County (8-0, 4-0), Dublin, Jefferson County (4-3, 2-1), Swainsboro (3-4, 2-1), Metter (3-4, 1-2).
Spoilers: East Laurens, Harlem.
Scouting report: Dublin is almost in, but has Swainsboro (tied for third with Jefferson County, which beat Dublin) and Screven County left.
Screven County is off this week, and has Metter on Nov. 7, so Dublin will sit and wait.
Dublin has no easy road, with one at Swainsboro (Irish lost 34-10 two years ago in last visit) and with visiting Screven County.
The Irish lose a tiebreaker with Jefferson County and can’t afford to lose to both Swainsboro and Screven County.
Dublin and Screven County have only two games left as the Gamecocks are off this week.
The Irish will be pulling for county rival East Laurens next week against Jefferson County. Dublin will be done with the regular season in two weeks and then will have to wait for the No. 7 games with Screven County-Metter and Jefferson County-Swainsboro.
Odds are against Metter slipping past Dublin with wins over East Laurens, Swainsboro and Screven County, so the Irish are most likely at worst a No. 4 seed.
In the first round: This region is paired with Region 4-AA.
Note: Class A teams include their latest power ranking in parentheses for area teams, next to records elsewhere. The top 16 in public and in private make the playoffs. Region champs get automatic seeding priority.
TELFAIR COUNTY 5-2, 2-2 (13)
WILCOX COUNTY 2-2 (17)
Contending: Irwin County (5-1-1, 4-0/2), Charlton County (6-1, 3-1/3), Clinch County (4-3, 3-1/11), Telfair County, Wilcox County, Atkinson County (4-3, 1-3/16).
Spoiler: Turner County, Lanier County.
Scouting report: The road is tougher for Wilcox County than Telfair County, with the latter currently in the public school top 16 and the former at No. 17.
The Patriots play No. 2/first place, No. 16 and No. 24, both behind Wilcox County in the region standings.
The Trojans have No. 3/second place, No. 36 and No. 11.
Playing Irwin County is, yes, a bit tougher than playing Lanier County.
Wilcox County is at home for two of the final three while Telfair County is on the road for two, another consideration.
No. 16 Atkinson County hosts No. 24 Turner County this week, Wilcox County pulling for Turner County. Still, it’s likely to be a final-week mess.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY 3-5, 2-1 (29)
JOHNSON COUNTY 3-4, 1-1 (20)
TREUTLEN 1-7, 1-2 (32)
WHEELER COUNTY 1-6, 0-2 (37)
Contending: ECI (6-1, 2-0/6), Montgomery County, Johnson County.
Spoilers: Treutlen, Wheeler County.
Format: The sub-region champion -- most likely ECI and either Calvary Day or Claxton -- play for a region title. Then No. 2 seeds play the No. 3 seeds, with everybody waiting for the rankings to be compiled.
Scouting report: Interestingly, crossover games don’t count in sub-region standings.
ECI is clearly the best team in a weak sub-region that will won’t have another team with a winning overall record.
Johnson County is the highest-ranked area team but can’t gain any ground with final games against Treutlen and Wheeler County. Montgomery County, however, could if it musters up the upset over ECI and then wins a playoff against a higher-ranked team and some other teams lose.
HAWKINSVILLE 7-1, 5-1 (4)
DOOLY COUNTY 4-3, 2-3 (10)
TAYLOR COUNTY 1-5-1, 1-4 (30)
Contending: Marion County (7-0, 5-0/1), Hawkinsville, Greenville (4-3, 3-2/12), Pacelli (5-2, 3-2), Schley County (4-3, 3-3/19), Brookstone (4-3, 2-3), Dooly County (4-3, 2-3/10).
Spoilers: Taylor County, Central-Talbotton.
Scouting report: What a brutal region, with four top-12 teams in the public school ranking, and Pacelli and Brookstone in the private school top 13.
Hawkinsville wants to at least maintain its ranking and keep home field advantage, but the Red Devils have two tough games left with Schley County and Pacelli, albeit both at home.
Dooly County needs plenty of help to crack the top 8 and get the home field. The Bobcats have the two top-13 private schools left, and Taylor County, so even going 3-0 is unlikely to help too much unless some teams ahead of them lose.
-- Michael A. Lough